Today I am so happy to introduce an incredibly talented crochet and amigurumi designer from Canada, Stephanie Lau. Stephanie's blog, All About Ami, recently got a makeover (I immediately fell in love with her blog header), is filled with the cutest amigurumi creatures you've ever seen! Today she is giving us a peek inside her yarn world and sharing what she loves most about crochet. Enjoy!
When did you first learn to crochet?
I first learned to crochet when I was ten years old. I learned from a book and I loved crocheting hats, scarves and sweaters for my teddy bears and dolls!
What is it that you love most about crochet?
I think it’s amazing how you can create so many different items from simply a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, from toys and baskets to sweaters and scarves! Crocheting allows me to exercise my creative and artistic side, and I find it very therapeutic. I always get such a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when I complete a project, and I love gifting handmade items to friends and seeing the look on their faces!
What's your favourite thing to crochet?
My favourite thing to crochet is amigurumi since it is so unique! I never thought that I would be able to design and crochet my own stuffed animals from scratch. Each amigurumi is so different and full of personality- even when people follow the same pattern, everybody’s work turns out differently. People have such a soft spot for amigurumi, whether they’re being carried around everywhere by a toddler, displayed proudly on a shelf, or serving as a desk buddy for someone at work. They can be taken anywhere and are dearly loved by their owners!
What's been your best crochet achievement?
I was extremely honoured and surprised when I won 1st place in the Canadian “Made in Blog 2013” Awards in the category of “Design/Home/DIY/Craft”. I was really not expecting this as there were many other wonderful blogs nominated in this category, and I was the only crochet blog. I was so thankful to be recognised in this way and to be able to represent the crochet and crafting community. It’s also been an honour being featured in lovely crochet magazines such as “Simply Crochet” and “Inside Crochet”.
Where do you find inspiration?
We find inspiration everywhere around us, from cute pictures or characters we see in stores, on-line or on television, or beautiful cowls or headbands we see in magazines or while shopping. It’s so much fun when Ryan and I brainstorm ideas and one thought leads to the next, and sooner than you know it, we’re off and running with a new design!
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on some newborn hats for friends who just had baby girls! It melts my heart whenever I see these little ones wearing items that I crocheted for them. I recently saw some really cute amigurumi hedgehogs in the “Handmade Toys Bookazine” as well, so I hope I can get started on one soon too!
Where do you feel most comfortable crocheting?
I love crocheting in my workspace as it is very bright and welcoming. This is where my yarn shelf is located and where I display all my amigurumi too! I love sitting on my big comfy chair, turning on some music and crocheting with some snacks and tea nearby!
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
I used to love making jewelry and doing beadwork when I was younger, and I recently started taking it up again! I love wearing jewelry, so it’s neat being able to design and create my own. I also really enjoy baking as I find it very therapeutic as well. I love trying out new recipes and sharing treats with friends and family, and now I have a little 1.5 year old baking helper who enjoys helping me combine all the ingredients together!
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creations Stephanie!Untangling Yarn With posts as much as I do. I love getting a behind the scenes look at another yarn crafter’s creative process. I mean, isn’t the little amigurumi dragon stunning?I hope you all enjoy these
Wishing you a happy Wednesday!